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Don’t blow your budget or spend the whole day in the kitchen cooking for your Super Bowl party. Here are some surprising ways to save on your Super Bowl party that will make your budget lighter.
Surprising Ways to Save on Your Super Bowl Party
Are you hosting a Super Bowl party this year?
Hosting a party is always a lot of fun, but the expenses can add up pretty quickly. From the party supplies to the food and beverages, your budget can be declared off-sides before the yellow flag is tossed high in the sky. Don’t let the idea of overspending get you down.
Here are some surprising ways that you can save on a Super Bowl party this year so that you and your guests can have a great time without breaking the bank.
Your very first step is to create a plan. Think about what you want to spend, who to invite, and, of course, the food you would like to serve. If you can get the logistics down first, this will help save your sanity. And not having to make last-minute trips to the store for anything helps your budget.
Decorations – Keep them at a Minimum
It can be tempting to go all out with decorations for your party, but there is no need to go to a lot of expense for them. Head over to your local Dollar Tree and pick up plates, cups, napkins, and balloons in the team’s colors. This will save you a lot over purchasing team-specific decorations that you will probably only be able to use once.
You can also use any football jerseys or footballs that you might already have on hand as decorations or to make a centerpiece for your table. If you still feel like you need more decorations, there are lots of free printables that you can find online to use.
Saving on Food
While heading over to the local supermarket and picking up some party trays might seem like the easiest thing to do, it certainly won’t be the most cost-effective. You can make your own fruit, veggie, and sandwich trays for much less money.
You may also want to serve some hot foods as well, and you may be able to save some time and money for yourself by buying pre-made frozen appetizers. Remember, the store brands are often every bit as delicious as the name brands at a fraction of the cost.
A Super Bowl party is also a great time to break out your slow cooker for hot dips for chips and chili for hot dogs as well. Remember that you can also ask your guests to bring their favorite game-day foods if you are really trying to keep the budget down.
Pro hosting tip: The foods at the front of your serving table, nearest the plates, will be eaten the quickest as your guests serve themselves. So put the less expensive, often the healthiest foods, towards the front of the table and save the more costly and decadent items for the end of the line.
BIG BONUS on savings – If you can tackle the food like a team and have everyone bring a little something to the party. Believe me, everyone loves to help if they can. So, don’t be afraid to ask. I would, however, suggest making a note of what they plan to bring. This way you don’t have dups or have lots of chips with no dips.
Apps like Ibotta, Fetch and Coupons.com can help you save money on groceries for the party.
Saving Drinks – Including Alcoholic Ones
Drinks for your guests can also be one of the more expensive aspects of hosting a Super Bowl party for your family and friends, particularly if they are expecting at least some of the drinks to be alcoholic. There are several ways that you can approach drinks for your party, even alcoholic ones, while keeping the cost down.
The first is to make the party BYOB. Let your guests know that they will need to bring their own alcohol, but that you will have mixers on hand like club soda, ginger ale, and soda. If you aren’t comfortable asking your guests to bring their own drinks, consider ordering a keg of beer that everyone enjoys instead. This will ensure that there are plenty of drinks for everyone and it’s not all that expensive.
When picking up non-alcoholic drinks for your party, be sure to look out for sales at the grocery store. There are frequent specials on twelve-pack sodas where you can get 3 or 4 12 packs for under $12. You can also use money-saving apps like Ibotta to save on beer, wine, liquor, sodas, and even snacks!
Pro hosting tip: You can purchase alcohol at some warehouse club chains, such as Sam’s Club, or Bj’s Wholesale. Shopping at one of these clubs often can save you big money on your alcohol purchases. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for alcohol rebates. You can find them on the product themselves or you can ask at checkout or prior to shopping.
Borrow Don’t Buy
Having people over to watch the big game sometimes means you need additional seating, tables, coolers, or even an extra tv. Don’t rush out to buy these items that you only need for a few hours when you can borrow them from a friend, family member, or neighbor.